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Ashkenazi-Dutch Pinkassim as sources for studying european-jewish migration: The cases of Middelburg and the Hague in the eighteenth century

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This chapter presents the examples of The Hague and of Middelburg by using rather unusual parts of those manuscripts. The author's intention, therefore, is not only to focus on pinkassim in general, but also to demonstrate the rather unexpected fields of research that can be covered by using the minute books. Among the many other minutes and entries, both pinkassim include pages with names of the annually listed new community members who, by writing their names in the pinkas, declared their desire to know and to adhere to the community regulations, the takkanot. In 1717, the Ashkenazim enacted new takkanot for the first time by themselves,8 and six years later a final version was presented to the community and the city council. During the whole eighteenth century, the community of The Hague played an important role for all Dutch Jews, although it was considerably smaller than the community, in Amsterdam.

Keywords: Amsterdam; Ashkenazim; Dutch Jews; Middelburg; pinkassim; The Hague



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